RIO RANCHO, N.M (WR) — New Mexico State Rep. Patricio Ruiloba has resigned from his Albuquerque-area seat and can run for Bernalillo County Sheriff.

The Democrat informed The Related Press on Tuesday he submitted his resignation letter and can start organizing his marketing campaign.

The 53-year-old retired Albuquerque police officer says he has been urged to run for sheriff by residents involved about rising crimes and conflicts between regulation enforcement and communities of coloration.

Present Democratic Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales has confronted criticism for an increase in deputy shootings and for stalling on requiring deputies to put on lapel cameras.

Final month, Gonzales endured ridicule after he informed reporters he was seeking to companion with an organization so deputies can put smartphones of their vests and document video.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham not too long ago signed a invoice requiring all regulation enforcement to put on physique cameras. However Gonzales calls the present know-how archaic and says it’s too expensive.

Gonzales says he’s contemplating working for mayor in Albuquerque.

Two Black ladies from Wisconsin are suing Gonzales and two deputies, alleging racial and non secular profiling stemming from a site visitors cease in July 2017.

The lawsuit comes about 5 months after Bernalillo County reached a $100,000 settlement with one other Black lady who filed a lawsuit in opposition to the workplace.